We’re probably going to be holding our breath until at least Monday because you know how these things go with the Green Bay Packers. However, cornerback Sam Shields reportedly does not have a serious injury.
Shields went down in freak fashion on Sunday — not during, but before a play in the third quarter of the Packers’ win over the Dolphins.
The ailment is a left knee injury — specifically, a patellar injury — and the good news is the initial tests show that nothing is torn.
“It just gave out,” Shields said. “I felt like a little pinch. They say nothing’s torn, but it hurts.”
With Shields out, Davon House took over. Of course, then the Packers other starting cornerback, Tramon Williams, went down shortly after Shields. He has an ankle injury.
Casey Hayward joined House in the top two and that elevated Jarrett Bush to the nickel back.
While we’re not excited about Shields or Williams potentially missing time, it’s also not the end of the world. Cornerback is the Packers’ deepest position and both House and Hayward are starting-caliber guys.
Yes, it’s true the Dolphins offense was rolling in the second half on Sunday, but both Shields and Williams were in the game for the third quarter. That’s pretty clear evidence to us that the guy who went out with an injury earlier in the game — inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore — was the big loss.
His replacement, Brad Jones, was his usual awful self. Seriously, that guy is garbage.
The Packers can survive with House and/or Hayward in the starting lineup. They probably can’t with Jones there.